An expert’s tips for those who want to start running

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The coronavirus pandemic has led many to gravitate towards running, but for beginners, it’s important to have a plan, says one expert. 

Running can seem like a daunting task for folks looking to get off the couch and get moving, which is why Ron Hunter, the head track coach at Academy Park High School and the Delco Stallions, says novice runners should try to get a support system in place.

“I would suggest that you have someone with you, someone with the same mindset, so you can motivate each other,” he advised. 

Hunter says to move in baby steps, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you're not moving at the speed you thought you would.

“Start jogging at a slow pace, or if jogging is too much on the joints, you know, you gained a substantial amount of weight, start walking,” he said. 

Hunter says for beginners, listening to your body is more important than staring at a stopwatch. Once you become more comfortable, you can increase your speed.

He adds mental toughness is a big part of the sport, so training your mind is just as important as training your body.

“Motivation comes and goes, so the discipline — you have to have a mindset of this is what I'm going to do, I'm not leaving until I do this,” he said. 

And if you are extremely overweight or have medical issues, you should consult with your doctor before running.